From Wednesday, December 19 – Sunday, January 6, keep active inside or outside all through the holidays with dozens of fun things to do with family and friends!

Swim, skate, take a winter walk through a park, work out at one of nine fitness facilities, take in an exhibition at the museum or art gallery, drop-in for a heritage tour and more. Find all of the details below.

One day activities

Sing a Song of Winter at the Steveston Library
Wednesday, December 19, 4:00-4:30 pm
Join in the songs, rhymes and stories around the winter “campfire” for even more holiday spirit. 
All ages

Free. For more information:, 604-274-2012
Library (Steveston Branch), 4111 Moncton Street


Celebrate with the caroling quartet, Four Calling Birds
Wednesday, December 19, 6:00-8:00 pm
Saturday, December 22, 6:00-8:00 pm
All ages
Celebrate the holiday season with this Vancouver-based quartet that sings from a wide selection of repertoire, from traditional carols to modern Christmas classics.

Free. For more information:
Steveston Interurban Tram, 4011 Moncton Street


14 Days of Reading challenge!
Friday, December 21 start
Complete challenges during the winter holidays for a chance to win prizes! Winter challenges lists are ready for pick at Richmond Public Library Branch starting December 21.

Free. For more information:, 604-231-6412


Christmas Eve Movie Matinee
Monday, December 24, 1:00-3:30 pm
55+ years
Pull up a comfy chair, enjoy light refreshments by the fire and watch the holiday classic, White Christmas.

Free. For more information: call 604-238-8450
Minoru Place Activity Centre, 7660 Minoru Gate


Bundle up for the Steveston Santa Claus Parade
Monday, December 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
All ages
Come join Santa, Mrs. Claus and many friends around the streets of Steveston on Christmas Eve. This is a Free and family friendly event. Non-perishable food donations are appreciated and will be donated to the Richmond Food Bank

Free. Steveston Village


Spend time at City Centre Community Centre on Christmas Day working out, letting the kids play and socializing
Tuesday, December 25
All ages
Kids up to 5 years old can try different activity tables, play on fun equipment and join in a facilitator-led Creative Play session from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Parent participation required.

Work off those heavy holiday meals or treats with a workout in the 4,000 square foot Fitness Centre with top-of-the-line cardio and resistance machines, free weights and designated stretching and functional fitness areas. Open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Take in a Christmas Day family movie that starts at 1:00 pm.

Read, relax and enjoy refreshments with others in the Community Living Room from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Free. For more information:, 604-204-8588
City Centre Community Centre, 5900 Minoru Boulevard


Take a new year’s Resolution Walk with Walk Richmond
Saturday, January 5, 10:00 am Start
All ages
Start 2019 off with a walk through a 30-acre urban park in East Richmond and explore the many amenities offered including a waterplay area and community gardens. Meeting Spot: Main entrance to the Cambie Community Centre, 12800 Cambie Road.

Free. For more information:


Winter Break Camps
From arts to sports, science to baking and swimming to youth camps, we’ve got great programs while school’s out. Learn more at

Find all the Drop-in Gyms – family, youth, parent and tot – schedule here  Drop-in Gym Schedule.

Ongoing activities
Take in the evening Heritage Building Light Display at Britannia Shipyards
Bundle up and stroll through the Shipyards at night and be dazzled by the light displays.

Free. For more information:, 604-238-8050
Britannia Shipyard, 5180 Westwater Drive 


Stroll through the Christmas at the Cannery-Festival of Trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Vote in the friendly competition of decorated trees by merchants and community groups from the Steveston area.

Free. For more information:, 604-664-9009
Gulf of Georgia Cannery Site of Canada, 12138 Fourth Avenue 


Visit the Richmond Art Gallery’s “Pierre Vassura: New Work 1983-2018”
Take in this first solo exhibit by this Richmond artist that offers an eclectic mix of sculptures, paintings and drawings highlighting strong graphic style and vibrant use of colour, spanning more than 40 years of prolific practice. The works are a joyous celebration of stories and visual culture that cross national, cultural and language boundaries, drawing from diverse sources.

Free. For more information:, 604-247-8300
Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate 


Take one of six “10 Minute Art Tours” that feature three to four public artworks
Explore a new area of the city on a tour that features three to four public artworks within a 10 minute walking distance of each other. The tour maps are available in print at the Richmond Cultural Centre and City Hall or online.

Free. For more information:


Get a jump start on a ‘healthier you’ resolution with a workout in any of the City’s 8 fitness centres
Cambie Community Centre, 12800 Cambie Road

For more information and hours:, 604-238-8399

City Centre Community Centre, 5900 Minoru Blvd
For more information and hours:, 604-204-8588

Hamilton Community Centre, 5140 Smith Drive
For more information and hours:, 604-718-8055

South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Road
For more information and hours:, 604-238-8060

Steveston Community Centre, 4111 Moncton Street
For more information and hours:, 604-238-8080

Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue
For more information and hours:, 604-238-8422

Watermania, 14300 Entertainment Blvd
For more information and hours:, 604-448-5353

West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No. 1 Road
For more information and hours:, 604-238-8400
Regular drop-in rates apply.


Decorate a wooden ornament
Through Monday, December 31, noon-5:00 pm
Visit the Murchison Visitor Centre and decorate a tree ornament using local tree branches, felt pens and string to take home for the holidays.

Free. For more information:, 604-238-8050
Britannia Shipyard, 5180 Westwater Drive 


Walk off those holiday meals and treats with a picturesque stroll through Richmond Nature Park

The Richmond Nature Park consists of 200 acres of the raised peat bog habitat that once covered large portions of Lulu Island. Four walking trails totalling 5km provide visitors the chance to encounter plants and animals in bog, forest and pond habitats. The shortest trail, an elevated boardwalk around the park pond, is wheelchair accessible. All other trails are soft-surfaced with wood chips and are well marked. A free trail guide is available in the Nature House.

Free. For more information:, 604-718-6188
Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway


Lace up your skates and glide through the holidays at the Minoru Arenas’ Winter Wonderland
Wednesday, December 19 – Sunday, January 6
All ages
Don’t miss this annual tradition of ice skating to festive music surrounded by thousands of sparking lights, real snow banks, decorated holiday trees and more.

Regular admission rates apply. For more information:, 604-238-8465
Minoru Arenas, 7551 Minoru Gate


Enjoy winter themed crafts at the Steveston Interurban Tram
Through Monday, December 31, noon-5:00 pm
Enjoy free daily winter themed crafts at the Steveston Interurban Tram 

Free. For more information:, 604-238-8081
Steveston Interurban Tram, 4011 Moncton Street 


Take in the live production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, presented by the Gateway Theatre
Through Monday, December 31
Share time together with family and loved ones watch a live version of this timeless and heartwarming holiday classic. 

Free. For more information: www.gatewaytheatre, 604-247-8300
Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road 


Drop-in to a variety of programs at the Richmond Olympic Oval 
Stay active throughout the holiday with friends and family. Drop-in programs include: Group Fitness, Hockey, Stick and Puck, Volleyball, Courts, Public Skating, Batting Cages and Climbing.

Regular drop-in fees apply. For more information:, 778-296-1400
Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road


Swim, play and be active this holiday season at Watermania
Get splashed from the giant tipping bucket, take a whirl on the tot slide or giant water slides and play in the waves bobbing along in the wave pool. Play water basketball or take a plunge from one of the three diving board heights. For those looking for a work out, swim laps in the 57m competition pool followed with a visit to the steam room or sauna.

At Watermania be sure to play on the Runner and Bubble Balls, super fun aquatic toys. On select days, see how far you can walk on top of the water with the Log Runner or get inside a Bubble Ball and race a friend from one end of the pool to the other. Be careful though, Bubble Balling isn’t easy!

Regular admission rates apply. For more information:, 604-448-5353
Watermania, 14300 Entertainment Boulevard


Work out at the Richmond Olympic Oval Workout at the Richmond Olympic Oval
Over 40 classes per week for all skill levels, plus sprinkling of fun holiday themed classes!

Regular drop-in fees apply. For more information:, 778-296-1400.
Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road


Take in the “Obsessions: Every Collector Has a Story” exhibit at the Richmond Museum
Learn why some people are so passionate about collecting unusual objects at this curiosity-fuelled exhibition Discover the rate and beautiful, as well as the curious and exotic in a range of community member collections. Our collections and our guest-curator cow have stories to tell.

Free. For more information:, 604-247-8300
Richmond Museum, 7700 Minoru Gate


Be a good neighbour this winter (Snow Angels Program)
Heavy snowfall can create challenges for many residents. Help reduce the risk of injuries from slips and falls by assisting seniors and other neighbours-in-need by removing snow from sidewalks and drains. 

For more information on how to prepare for winter weather, visit


Walk, run or cycle along any of the city’s trails and take in the scenic beauty
Enjoy Richmond’s beautiful parks, scenic recreational trails, cycling paths, community gardens and unique natural areas this holiday season.

For more information:

Source| City of Richmond

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RE/MAX Michael Cowling & Associates


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